TP Mazembe

TP Mazembe
Full name Tout Puissant Mazembe
Nickname(s) Les Corbeaux (The Ravens)
Founded 1939 as FC Saint-Georges
Ground Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi
Ground Capacity 18,500
President Moïse Katumbi Chapwe
Manager Hubert Velud
League Linafoot
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page

Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly known as Englebert, is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi. Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in the suburb of Kamalondo. Its nickname is Les corbeaux (the ravens) despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest.[1] TP Mazembe has a revenue of €14 million and attendances of 18,000. CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team. Mazembe are among the major sports clubs in DR Congo and one of the most successful football teams in Africa ever. They became the first Congolese club with 200,000 followers on Facebook, their main social media page.


Tout Puissant Mazembe was founded in 1939 by Benedictine monks of the order of Sanctimonious Saint that directed the Holy Institute Boniface of Élisabethville (Lubumbashi).[2] To diversify the student activities for those that did not consecrate themselves to the priesthood, the missionaries decided to set up a football team, named Saint Georges FC, after the patron of the Troop. This team affiliated itself directly in the first division of the Royal Federation of the Native Athletic Associations (FRASI for French Fédération Royale des Associations Sportives Indigènes) founded by the Belgian King. At the end of the season, Holy Georges placed 3rd.

In 1944 the young scouts went on the road and FC St. Georges was rechristened Saint Paul F.C. Some years later, the incorporation of certain foreign elements in the Institute would make the missionaries abandon the team management. The team took the name of F.C. Englebert after its sponsor, a tire brand. The qualifier "Tout Puissant" (Almighty) was added to the club's name after it went undefeated in winning its first league title in 1966.[1]

After the independence of Congo, (June 30, 1960) Englebert restructured itself. In 1966, they realized the treble (national Championship, Coupe du Congo and Katanga Cup).

In 1967 and 1968, it won the African Cup of Champions. The team would be finalist four times successively in (1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970). Mazembe was the first team to successfully defend the African Champions Cup. This feat was finally repeated in 2003 and 2004 by Enyimba.

After 18 years of absence, it returned to the African scene thanks to 38-year-old governor Moïse Katumbi Chapwe.

In November 2009 the team won the CAF Champions League against Heartland 2–2 on aggregate, winning on the away goals rule.[3]

By winning the CAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. In their first match in the quarter-finals they lost 2–1 to Pohang Steelers of South Korea.[4] despite taking the lead in the first half. Following a 3–2 defeat to Auckland City in the fifth placed match they finished the tournament in 6th place.[5]

In 2010 they retained the 2010 CAF Champions League, and in December they became the first African side to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating both Pachuca of Mexico 1–0 in the quarter-finals and Internacional of Brazil 2–0 in the semi-finals.[6][7] In the final on 18 December, they were defeated 3–0 by Internazionale.[8]

In 2015, TP Mazembe secured their fifth title in the competition after defeating USM Alger of Algeria 4–1 aggregate in the 2015 CAF Champions League Final.[9]



National titles

Winners (15): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016.
Winners (5): 1966, 1967, 1976, 1979, 2000.
Runners-up (1): 2003.
Winners (3): 2013, 2014, 2016.

International titles

Winners (5): 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Runners-up (2): 1969, 1970
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2013
Winners (1): 1980
Winners (3): 2010, 2011, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2010

Performance in CAF competitions

The club have 7 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1967 to 1988 and 11 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2001 till now.

1967 Champion
1968 Champion
1969 Finalist
1970 Finalist
1972 – Semi-finals
1977 – First Round
1988 – First Round

2001 – Group Stage
2002 – Semi-finals
2005 – Preliminary Round
2007 – Second Round
2008 – Group Stage
2009 Champion
2010 Champion

2011 – disqualified in Group Stage
2012 – Semi-finals
2013 – Second Round
2014 – Semi-finals
2015 Champion

2004 – First Round
2006 – disqualified in First Round

2007 – Group Stage
2013 Finalist

2016 Champion

1980 Champion
1981 – Second Round
2000 – Second Round
2010 Champion
2011 Champion
2016 Champion

Current squad

As of 15 December 2015[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Robert Kidiaba
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Joël Kimwaki
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Kilitcho Kasusula
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Mikis Mina
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Eric Miala Nkulukuta
4 Zambia FW Nathan Sinkala
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Petit Onedika
6 Mali DF Salif Coulibaly
7 Ivory Coast FW Roger Assalé
10 Zambia FW Given Singuluma
11 Mali FW Adama Traoré
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Eric Bokanga
12 Zimbabwe FW Ali Sadiki
13 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Patient Mwepu
14 Zambia DF Kabaso Chongo
16 Mali FW Ousmane Cissé
16 Ivory Coast FW Christian Koffi
No. Position Player
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Jonathan Bolingi
18 Zambia FW Rainford Kalaba
19 Ghana FW Daniel Nii Adjei
21 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Aimé Bakula
22 Ivory Coast GK Sylvain Gbohouo
23 Ghana FW Gladson Awako
24 Ghana DF Yaw Frimpong
26 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Ngasanya Saddam Ilongo
27 Ghana DF Richard Kissi Boateng
28 Tanzania FW Thomas Ulimwengu
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Yannick Tusilu
31 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Merveille Bokadi
32 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Robert Mbelu
Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Mao Kasongo Kabiona
Niger FW Mohamed Abdoulaye
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Bedi Mbenza
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lufuluabo Kayembe

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Zambia DF Emmanuel Mbola (to Israel Hapoel Ra'anana)

Notable former players

For details on former players see Category:TP Mazembe players.



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